From the past to present day, geography has immensely affected the development of nations, in both a positive and negative manner. Ancient Greece is a civilization which confirms such a statement. Owning land that was unsuitable for farming and neighboring a few countries influenced them to be in contact with their bordering nations. These factors have had promoted cultural diffusion in Ancient Greece.
Geographic factors had a beneficial effect on Ancient Greece and the exchange of ideas between its’ surrounding countries. The nation was situated near the Mediterranean Sea and was bordering other civilizations such as Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Persia and Phoenicia. With such an abundant amount of close by residents, it was almost impossible to avoid cultural diffusion. The Greeks produced olive oil, wool, and fine pottery which they traded in exchange for things such as grain and timber, which they lacked. As Greece traded with cities and colonies, their region of influence spread. Evidently, geography has promoted cultural diffusion in Ancient Greece.
The geography of Ancient Greece has profited its’ development. The people of Ancient Greece found it very difficult to farm on their mountainous, rocky land. As a result, they became adequate sailors and terrace farmers. However, Greece faced a shortage in natural resources. Their outstanding sailing skills enabled them to sail great distances to conquer and colonize other land. As one civilization overthrew the other, they took over the resources as tribute. They were also able to defeat other powerful nations that were attempting to conquer them. From interacting by sea with the Phoenicians, the Greeks were able to learn the alphabet. Greeks used the alphabet to write plays and philosophies that are performed and studied up to this day.
The relative location and geological features of Greece are only a few factors which have contributed and encouraged cultural diffusion. Geographic...